Gator Blast Archive, October 2018

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of October 29-November 2, 2018

It’s Halloween week at DES!

Coming Up This Week:
Wednesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Parade 10am, see party schedule below
Wednesday, Oct. 31: Final day for Harvest for the Hungry donations
Thursday, Nov. 1: 24 Club meets after school, 4-5 pm

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Nov. 6: NO SCHOOL, election day
Friday Nov. 9-16:
Fall Book Fair, Opening night 5:30-8 pm in the Media Center.
More info. in next week’s Blast
Friday, Nov. 9:
Ice Cream Social to celebrate Book Fair opening, 6-8 pm
Thurs.&Fri., Nov. 8-9:
2 Hour Early Dismissal
Mon.-Fri., Nov. 12-16: American Education Week, details to come
Mon.-Fri., Nov. 12-16: Franklin Toys fundraiser week, details to come
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Pastries with Parents (breakfast & book fair shopping), 8:30-9:15am
For students last names A-L
Thursday, Nov. 15: Pastries with Parents (breakfast & fair shopping), 8:30-9:15am
   For students last names M-Z
Tuesday, Nov. 20: Report Cards sent home

Here’s the News:

Parade at 10 a.m. Wednesday
It’s finally here – Halloween at DES!!
Wednesday, Oct. 31st is the day for costumes, parties, and parade. All DES families are welcome to attend the Whole School Parade, starting at 10:00 a.m. Families remain outside the building and all classes will walk around the school for the costume parade. Parking is available in the bus loop. In case of rain, parade will be inside for students only.
Class Halloween Parties will be held throughout the day. (Parents are welcome to attend. No siblings please.) Please note that parents attending later parties are asked to remove their cars from the bus lot as soon as parties are done-the buses need to get in.
DES Halloween party schedule:
Kindergarten: 11:30-12:15
First Grade: 1:45-2:30
Second Grade: 2:15-3:00
Third Grade: 2:30-3:15
Fourth Grade: 2:45-3:30
Fifth Grade: 2:45-3:30

Harvest for the Hungry collection ends on Wednesday
It’s the final week for the food collection, so please send in anything you can by Wednesday of this week. All food and monetary donations (checks to: AA County Food Bank) benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. All monetary donations are tax deductible. Thanks to all of you for your generosity and for helping to make a difference.
Here’s the requested items for this week:
Monday: Dairy Monday-Shelf-stable milk, evaporated milk, infant formula
Tuesday: Nutty Tuesday-Nuts, seeds, and trail mixes
Wednesday: Anything GoesBring in anything you have to donate! It’s the final day.

Thanks for the help at the Fall Social
Thanks to all of the students who came out to the Fall Social this past Friday night. It was full of energy, fun, music, and dancing!! Thanks also to those special parents who volunteered to help as chaperones, with food, and everything else. We couldn’t do things like this without the help. We’d like to also offer appreciation to the area businesses that made donations of materials to help make it happen:
Pizza Boli’s
Giant
Safeway
Costume Cabaret
Home Depot

Reminders:

Yearbook ordering is open
DES Yearbook ordering is now open for families. The cost is $18 for a non-personalized yearbook (options available and a $1.25 credit card processing fee). Ordering is online at: www.yearbookforever.com. Instructions are on the flier. Questions? Contact the Yearbook Committee at: desgatorsyearbook@gmail.com.
See flier online

5th Grade Yearbook special items
Attention parents of 5th graders: We are now inviting you to submit some special memories for publication in this year’s yearbook. The book will feature a section just for them that features baby photos, special pictures, sentiments, and more. Please read the flier for details. There is a deadline of November 30. Collect the pictures, craft the special message, and send it all to: tmjtallen@gmail.com.
See flier online

Public Service Announcements:

STEM Open House
Visit the Edgewater Library on Saturday, November 3rd at 10 am to learn how to program a robot, go on a virtual expedition, or create a design with a 3D pen.

Two Concerts at SRHS this week
First, the Scary Strings Concert with high school performers playing with Towson University performers. Held at SRHS auditorium at 6:30 pm on Monday, Oct. 29th. Enjoy music from Disney Fantasia and other not-so-scary songs. Admission is a food donation to Harvest for the Hungry at SRHS. Costumes welcome, prizes awarded.

Second, everyone is invited to the annual South River Feeder System Concert on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm in the South River High School gymnasium. This concert features hundreds of area instrumental music students from grades 5-12, in the South River, cluster performing together.

“Fill the Grill” for DAA November 7th
Close your kitchen for the night – and come out to “Fill the Grill” and support DAA on Wednesday, November 7 from 5-9pm at Broadneck Grill & Cantina in Edgewater. They will donate 10% of all food sales directly back to the Davidsonville Athletic Association. Dine in or carry out! No flier necessary, so spread the word so that they can “Fill the Grill.” 

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of October 22-26, 2018

No school Tuesday
Fall Social Sign-up by Thursday

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, Oct. 23: NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher conferences
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Middle School STEM info. night at CMS, 6:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 24: National Unity Day, wear orangedetails below
Wednesday, Oct. 24: “Not My Child” parent program at SRHS, 6:30pm, details below
Thursday, Oct. 25: 24 Club begins after school, 4-5 pm
Friday, Oct. 26: Fall Social for 3-5th grades, 6-8 pm at DES, details below

A Look Ahead:
Wednesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Parade 10am, details below
Tuesday, Nov. 6:
NO SCHOOL, election day
Thurs.-Friday, Nov. 8-16: Fall Book Fair is at DES, details to come
Wed. & Thurs, Nov. 8-9:
2 Hour Early Dismissal
Mon.-Fri., Nov. 12-16: American Education Week, details to come
Mon.-Fri., Nov. 12-16: Franklin Toys fundraiser week, details to come

Here’s the News:

Parent-Teacher conferences on Tuesday
Parents are asked to please arrive on time for their scheduled conferences. If you cannot make your scheduled time, please contact the DES Office at 410-222-1655. Parents may bring along items for the food drive if they wish to donate. No school for students on Tuesday due to conferences. 

Harvest for the Hungry collection continues – Week 3
Here we are in week #3 and we’re going strong! All food and monetary donations (checks to: AA County Food Bank) benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Each day features a themed item for donations. Here’s the requested items for this week:
Monday: Mac N Cheese-Boxes of macaroni and cheese (Wear Yellow)
Tuesday: No School (bring any items along to Parent-Teacher conferences)
Wednesday: Wee Ones Wed.-Baby products, diapers, formula, box baby food
Thursday: Campfire-Beans, marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, baked beans
Friday: Tuna Friday-Canned proteins, tuna, salmon, chicken, etc.

5th Grade Yearbook special items
Attention parents of 5th graders: We are now inviting you to submit some special memories for publication in this year’s yearbook. The book will feature a section just for them that features baby photos, special pictures, sentiments, and more. Please read the flier for details on everything. Most importantly, try to do it soon as we have a deadline of November 30. So collect the pictures, craft the special message, and send it all to: tmjtallen@gmail.com.
See 5th grade yearbook flier here

Unity Day Wednesday- Wear orange!
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Join DES and all the schools in AACPS to unite together to show support for bullying prevention. Students are asked to wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 24th as a message of hope and support for kindness and inclusion. To learn more about the cause, visit this website.

It’s going to be F-U-N!
Fall Social is this Friday for 3rd-5th graders
Don’t miss out on a super fun night this Friday, 6-8 pm, with food, activities, music and dancing! Sign up your student today by printing out the form, and send it along with $5 payment into school with your student. Deadline is Thursday. There will be no admission without pre-registering. No tickets distributed, just a master list at check-in table. Parents, you MUST enter the school with your child to confirm their entry (enter through bus loop doors). We ask that you also come inside the school when picking up.

We could still use volunteers! Please help us make it great on Friday, Oct. 26th, 6-8 pm.
See the flier online

Reminders:

Halloween Activities at DES
Wednesday, Oct. 31st is the day for costumes, parties, and parade. All DES families are welcome to attend The Whole School Parade, starting at 10:00 a.m. Families remain outside the building and all classes will walk around the school for the costume parade. Parking is available in the bus loop. In case of rain, parade will be inside for students only.
Class Halloween Parties will be held throughout the day. (Parents are welcome to attend. No siblings please.)
DES Halloween party schedule:
Kindergarten: 11:30-12:15
First Grade: 1:45-2:30
Second Grade: 2:15-3:00
Third Grade: 2:30-3:15
Fourth Grade: 2:45-3:30
Fifth Grade: 2:45-3:30

Yearbook ordering is happening now
DES Yearbook ordering is now open for families. The cost is $18 for a non-personalized yearbook (options available and a $1.25 credit card processing fee). Ordering is online at: www.yearbookforever.com. Instructions are on the flier. So cross it off your to-do list now! Questions? Contact the Yearbook Committee at: desgatorsyearbook@gmail.com.
See flier online

We need your Box Tops this week
We are collecting Box Tops for Education, so please send them in to school with students.
· Box Tops must include a valid expiration date and must say “Official Box Top” on them
· Your plastic bag or envelope should include the following items:
1. Your child’s teacher name and your child’s full name (first and last)
If you have any questions please contact: jinnap@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Public Service Announcements:

“Not My Child” program at SRHS Wednesday
Since the last time this parent program on drug awareness was at SRHS, there have been changes and updates on the opioid crisis in Anne Arundel County. Join area parents on Wednesday, October 24th, from 6:30-8:30 pm at South River High School for a chance to learn about the topic. Panelists include State’s Attorney, Wes Adams and Ms. Michelle Corkadel. Though your children may not be involved at this time, parents need to learn about the issues and understand what’s going on in the area. Hosted by the SRHS PTSO.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of October 15-19, 2018

Early dismissal on Wednesday

Coming Up This Week:
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 15-16: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Monday, Oct. 15: Mixed Bag fundraiser orders due
Monday, Oct. 15: Online AACPS Magnet program application window opens
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Middle School IB program info. night at Annapolis Middle, 6:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19: Drownproofing program for 5th graders continues

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Oct. 23: NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher conferences
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Middle School STEM info. night at CMS, 6:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 24: National Unity Day, wear orange, details below
Thursday, Oct. 25: 24 Club begins after school, 4-5pm
Friday, Oct. 26: Fall Social for 3-5th grades, 6-8 pm at DES
Wednesday, Oct. 31:
Halloween Parade 10am, details below
Tuesday, Nov. 6:
NO SCHOOL, election day
Wed. & Thurs, Nov. 8-9:
2 Hour Early Dismissal

Here’s the News:

Harvest for the Hungry collection continues – Week 2
Donations are coming in! All food and monetary donations (checks to: AA County Food Bank) benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Each day features a themed item for donations. Here’s the requested items for this week:
Monday: Munchies Monday-Snack foods of any kind – popcorn chips, pretzels, etc.
Tuesday: Pasta Tuesday-Boxes or bags of rice, pasta items, dried beans
Wednesday: Let’s Do Breakfast-Cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, pancake mixes, etc.
Thursday: Veggie Thursday-Canned vegetables (Wear Green)
Friday: Peanut Butter & Jelly-Bring in PB and jelly (Twin Day, dress like a friend)

Halloween is coming!
Halloween at DES is super fun! Wednesday, Oct. 31st is the day for costumes, parties, and parade. All DES families are welcome to attend The Whole School Parade, starting at 10:00 a.m. Families remain outside the building and all classes will walk around the school for the parade. Parking is available in the bus loop. In case of rain, parade will be inside for students only.
Party time comes next with a scheduled Class Halloween Party. Parents are welcome to attend.
Here is the party schedule:
Kindergarten: 11:30-12:15
First Grade: 1:45-2:30
Second Grade: 2:15-3:00
Third Grade: 2:30-3:15
Fourth Grade: 2:45-3:30
Fifth Grade: 2:45-3:30

Priceless memories
Yearbook Ordering is now open!
The DES Yearbook Committee is already hard at work planning this year’s book of memories and ordering is now open for families. The cost is $18 for a non-personalized yearbook (there are options available and there is a $1.25 credit card processing fee). Ordering is online at: www.yearbookforever.com. Instructions are on the attached flier to help make it simple. Books will be delivered at the end of the year, but it would be great if you could order as soon as you can. If you have any questions, contact the Yearbook Committee at: desgatorsyearbook@gmail.com.
See the 2018-2019 DES Yearbook flier here

Stage Crew is recruiting members
Calling 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders that are interested in joining the Stage Crew for the DES Production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. If you are interested in building a pirate ship, creating Neverland, or helping to figure out how to make your friends fly, among other things, then stage crew is for you. The stage crew will meet every other Friday after school beginning on November 2nd. If you would like to join in the fun, please contact Greg Eggleston at jgeggleston@gmail.com.

National Unity Day- Wednesday, October 24th
National Unity Day will be recognized in every school in Anne Arundel County. It’s a day for children to unite together for kindness, acceptance and inclusion! We are asking every child to come together and wear ORANGE as a message of hope and support because no child should ever experience bullying!

Mrs. Isett is looking for 6 parents who would like to guest read to an entire grade level (4-5 classrooms) on this day. A book will be preselected for you and each book will incorporate a positive message focused on tolerance. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Isett at cisett@aacps.org.  

Send in your Box Tops – Now please!
It’s time for the November 1st submission, so send in your Box Tops for Education. The last few years, we have celebrated and said thank you to the children by handing out freezer pops at Field Day. Thank you to the parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. for keeping this program successful at DES. Keep in mind the following when sending in your box tops:
· Box Tops must include a valid expiration date and must say “Official Box Top” on them
· Your plastic bag or envelope should include the following items:
1. Your child’s teacher name
2. Your child’s full name (first and last)
Thanks again to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions please contact: jinnap@yahoo.com.

Reminders:

Fall Social sign-ups continue for 3rd-5th graders
Don’t miss the fun of the Fall Social with a DJ, music, food, activities, and more! See the flier online and sign up your students today by sending in the form with $5 payment. There will be NO sign-ups at the event. The Social Committee is also in need of volunteers to help at the social. Contact Katie Epperly at: katie.epperly76@gmail.com.
See the 2018 DES Fall Social flier here

24 Club registration still open for 3rd-5th grade
All students in 3-5th grades are welcome to join the 24 Game club. This math-focused club will meet on Thursdays, from 405 pm, starting on Oct. 25th. Led by teacher, Mrs. Yancey, the club will compete in the April competition for all area 24 Clubs. Fill out the registration form and send in to school.
See the 2018 24 Club flier here

Public Service Announcements:

Special Education Resource Fair
This community event will be held on Tuesday, October 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Severna Park Middle School, 450 Jumpers Hole Rd., Severna Park, 21146. Co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel Special Education Citizen Advisory Committee (SECAC) and the AACPS Division of Special Education, the fair will inform parents about the resources and supports available to special education students throughout the county.

Representatives from the AACPS Infants & Toddlers program, Rise for Autism, Parents Place of Maryland, and more groups will be on hand. For details, visit this link.

Crofton redistricting meetings continue
The Redistricting Advisory Committee is holding public meetings regarding the school boundaries for the new Crofton high school. The committee consists of two representatives from each school involved in boundary adjustments. These schools include: Crofton Elem., Crofton Meadows, Crofton Woods, Nantucket Elem., Piney Orchard Elem., Arundel Middle, Crofton Middle, Arundel High and South River High. Additional details on the redistricting process can be found online here.

Note that DES is not included on this committee as there is no anticipated impact to the attendance boundaries of this school.

All meetings are at Arundel HS (1001 Annapolis Rd., Gambrills 21054), 7-9 pm in the auditorium. Public is welcome to attend. Future meetings are on Tuesdays, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30. *Note: All dates may not be needed. The committee has met 3 times so far.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, October 10, 2018

Picture Day is Friday!

Here’s the News:

School Pictures taken this week
Say “Cheese!” It’s time to make a memory as students have school picture day on Friday, Oct. 12th this week. Order forms were sent home in Wednesday folders. If you didn’t get one, just contact the front office. You can also order online this year and pay with credit cards. Visit this link. You will need the access code from the flier.
See the 2018 DES Picture Day flier here

Did you join the PTO this year? One last chance to help
We are now putting the Student Directory together and we want to offer families one last chance to become members of the DES PTO this year. We find that we are short of our budget goal for the year and could really use a boost by having 30-40 new members sign up now.

Membership dues help to pay for SO many great programs at the school: Assemblies, new technology, school improvements, movie nights, family events, and a lot more. And remember, only members will receive a copy of the Directory. So, if you didn’t make the deadline and would like to show your support, you can join online right now using PayPal or you can send in a form (attached below) with payment. And to all the families who have joined this year, we truly appreciate it. Thank you.
Click here to join online

In Appreciation:
To the School Beautification Committee
for their work on the front entrance of DES. What a great way to greet everyone at our school. Thank you for all the work you do.

To the Hospitality/Teacher Luncheon Committee for the fantastic lunch they provided for the teachers at DES today. It was quite a spread! Thanks to all of you. 

Reminders:

Harvest for the Hungry continues
Thursday: Spaghetti Thursday-Spaghetti, canned sauces & vegetables (Wear Red)
Friday: Fruity Friday-Canned fruit and fruit juices

Fall Social sign-ups for 3rd-5th graders
See the flier online and sign up your student today. We need volunteers! Please lend us some time on Friday, Oct. 26th.

Mixed Bag Ordering
Just another reminder that all orders for the Mixed Bag catalog sale are due Monday.

Public Service Announcements:

Family Involvement Conference set for Nov. 10
The AACPS School and Family Partnerships Office is sponsoring a family involvement conference on Nov 10. The conference will be held from 8:15 am-2 pm at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Limited childcare is available. Find out more and register online by clicking this link.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of October 8-12, 2018

Kids helping kids-
Harvest for the Hungry starts now.

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Oct. 8: PTO Exec Board meeting, 7:30pm
Friday, Oct. 12: Student Picture Day

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Oct. 15: Drownproofing program for 5th graders begins
Monday, Oct. 15: Online Magnet program application window opens
   This will be of interest to families of 5th graders interested in options for MS
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday, Oct. 23: NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher conferences
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Middle School STEM info. night at CMS, 6:30pm
Thursday, Oct. 25: 24 Club begins, details below
Friday, Oct. 26: Fall Social for grades 3-5, details below

Here’s the News:

It’s a Monster Mash Bash!
Fall Social sign-up open for 3rd-5th grades
Are you ready for the Monster Mash Bash? The Fall Social at DES is for 3rd to 5th graders and will be held on Friday, Oct. 26th from 6-8 pm. Halloween costumes are welcome. There will be pizza, games, dancing, and activities. Cost is $5 and tickets MUST be purchased in advance, no sign ups at the door. Fill out the form attached, send it in with $5 to your student’s teacher marked for “Fall Social.” Parent volunteers are also needed, see the form.
See the 2018 DES Fall Social flier here

Harvest for the Hungry food drive
The annual Food Drive is being hosted at DES during the month of October. All food and monetary donations (all checks to: AA County Food Bank) benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Each day features a themed item for donations, you should have gotten the flier in Wednesday folders last week. Have your children bring in items, or feel free to drop off what they can’t transport. Here’s the requested donations for this week:
Monday: Giving Monday– Donate $1.00
Tuesday: Souper Tuesday-Soups, stews, cans of chili (Wear Sports Team clothing)
Wednesday: Water Wednesday-Water cases, jugs and bottles (Wear Blue)
Thursday: Spaghetti Thursday-Spaghetti, canned sauces & vegetables (Wear Red)
Friday: Fruity Friday-Canned fruit and fruit juices

24 Club is registering now for 3-5th graders
All 3rd thru 5th graders are invited to join the super fun 24 Game club. This math-focused club will meet on Thursdays afterschool from 4-5 pm, starting October 25th. The club will play their way to the big competition in April led by teacher, Mrs. Yancey. Fill out the form attached and send in to school with your student.
See the 2018 24 Club flier here

Gator Gear is here!
Thank you to all who ordered Fall Gator Gear. All items were delivered last Friday. If you did not receive your order, please contact jody@jodychristian.com.

Mixed Bag ordering is going on now
You should have received your Mixed Bags Catalog sent home recently. We’d like to remind you that orders should be turned in by October 15th. You can order by form or online (paper forms are preferred). Here is the online shopping link. Orders should arrive before Halloween. If you have any questions about the program, contact Fundraising Chairperson, Melissa Robinson.

Some programs fill up quickly
Just a note to let everyone know that there are no more openings in the Newspaper Club or the FLL, Jr. program. Some programs have limited availability and tend to fill up rapidly. If you’d like to see more program options and are willing to volunteer to lead something, contact Volunteer Chairperson, Jen Keefer, and share your ideas.

Public Service Announcements:

Everyone’s invited to Scary Strings concert at SRHS
Enjoy an evening of music to “scare” and delight you as performers from South River High School’s orchestra join forces with performers from Towson University. The annual event is set for Monday, October 29th and begins at 7 pm. Music from Disney’s Fantasia, and other scary sounds to delight all ages. 

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of October 1-5, 2018

Got your school day routine down now?

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Oct. 1: Mighty Milers Club begins
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Custodial Worker Appreciation Day
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Martial Arts program held, 4:00-4:45pm
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Deadline to register for Newspaper Club, details below
Wednesday, Oct. 3: Chess Program held at 8:15 am
Wednesday, Oct. 3: General Magnet program info. night at Annapolis HS, 6-8pm
  This will be of interest to 5th grade families seeking info. for Middle School next year
Wednesday, Oct. 3: Green School Club meets before school, 8:15 am
Thursday, Oct. 4: Gator Gamble Committee meets at 6:30pm, details below
Thursday, Oct. 4: FLL, Jr. club meeting, after school

A Look Ahead:
Friday, Oct. 12: Student Picture Day
Monday, Oct. 15: Drownproofing program for 5th graders begins
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday, Oct. 23: NO SCHOOL
Friday, Oct. 26: Fall Social for grades 3-5, details to come

Here’s the News:

Help Wanted for Gator Gamble Committee
Can you help with the Gator Gamble? There’s lots of different roles to fill. We would like to invite you to our kick off meeting for the 2019 Gator Gamble on Thursday, October 4th at The Crowne Plaza Hotel (on Jennifer Rd. in Annapolis) at 6:30 p.m. We’ll go over what help is needed, deadlines and let everyone get a chance to see the rooms and answer any questions. This is the biggest fundraiser we have at Davidsonville Elementary and we can use all the help we can get. If you think you can make it, try to let Chairperson Melissa Robinson know you’re coming: mrsrobinson062005@gmail.com.

Book It Program is for everyone!
The Book It program is a reading incentive program that runs from October through March. The October calendar and an information sheet about the program were sent home in Wednesday folders last week.  Students who participate in the Book It program every month will be invited to a Kona Ice party at the end of the school year!  In case you missed it, the October calendar is attached.  All future calendars will be sent out in the Blast and will be available on the despto.org website.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Cathy Manofsky at cathymanofsky@gmail.com.
See the October 2018 Calendar here

Green School Club seeking plastic bags
Did you know that Anne Arundel County no longer accepts plastic grocery bags in their recycling program? While many local grocery stores accept used bags for recycling, the Green School Club is collecting bags for a project. This year, our club is collecting (clean) plastic grocery bags which the kids will transform into durable sleeping mats to be donated to area churches and shelters for the homeless.  It takes about 700 bags to make just one sleeping mat, so bring them, lots of them! Donations accepted on Club meeting days, the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month, before school.

Custodial Appreciation Day
Tuesday, Oct. 2 is National Custodial Worker Day and we want to recognize our wonderful group at DES. The PTO is doing something for them, but all DES families are invited to offer your own thanks for all that they do for the school. The front office will accept your kind wishes or gifts if you want to send in anything. Or, just remind your students to offer their thanks throughout the day (and every day).

Reminders:

Newspaper Club Is forming now for grades 4 & 5
We are looking for fourth and fifth grade staff members for Davidsonville Elementary’s very own school newspaper!  Have you ever dreamed of writing for a newspaper? Do you love to write, draw, or interview people? We will need the talents of our fabulous newspaper staff to fulfill the important roles of writer, editor, photographer, comics artist, and more. See the flier for more details. Permission forms for this free club need to be submitted by Tuesday, Oct. 2. Contact Cathy Manofsky at cathymanofsky@gmail.com.
See flier and registration online here

First Lego League, Jr./STEM program – Grades 1-5
The FIRST Lego League program is back at DES. For grades 1-5, this is NOT a Lego play club, but an engineering group that works on a themed project, and culminates in an event hosted at SRHS in December. Sessions will be held Thursdays after school, 3:55-5:00, at DES, beginning Oct. 4th. Hosted and led by the PowerHawks Robotics Club from SRHS, this year’s theme is Mission Moon. The cost is estimated around $60 per student (to be paid later), with a very limited number of spots available. You must register using the link on the flier, so sign up today. Questions? Contact program chair, Christina Feindt.
See flier online here

Green School Club registration open for grades 3-5
The DES Green School Club is now registering students in grades 3-5. The first club meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, and regular meetings will be held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month before school at 8:15 a.m. This free club takes part in all types of interesting activities and discusses a variety of topics related to the natural environment. If your student wants to join this free school club, send in the registration form on the flier or bring to Wednesday’s meeting. Read more details on the flier.
See flier & registration form online here

Cooking Program – Kids in all grades can learn to cook!
The 10 week session of Deliciously Nutritious Fall & Winter Cooking class is for all grades and will teach kids the importance of healthy eating, nutrition and cooking while making lots of seasonal goodies. Cost is $200 ($20 per session) and classes will be held on Tuesdays from 3:55-5:15 pm, starting October 2nd. Spots are limited, so send in your registrations soon. Make checks payable to DES PTO and mark envelope for Cooking Program. Contact Melissa Sherwood at 410-533-1182 or e-mail: delishdish4@yahoo.com.
See flier & registration form online here

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